When you follow the right construction practices and use the right protective floor material, you are assured of undamaged floors. The floor carpeted, tiled, wooden or concrete will be exactly what you imagined after taking proper measures. Protecting your floor means a lot. It’s always a smart decision to prevent unnecessary construction costs and avoid construction contaminants that will cause harm to your family.
How to Choose Materials
Before starting your project, you might consider the length of the project and protective floor material needed and the type of floor in question. You may also take into account safety measures by keeping in place anti-slip floor protectants and protective floor covering that is ant-flame.
How to Protect Floors during Construction
1. Concrete floor protection
Here, is some of the ways a homeowner would want to protect his or her concrete floor during construction.
- Use concrete floor polisher
The concrete floor polisher graces both new and old concrete floors. After a construction or renovation process, start by cleaning the concrete floor then apply the sealer. The concrete floor polisher has strong chemical reactions that harden the floor surface.
- Use floor grinder
The equipment is used for grinding and polishing marble, granite and concrete floors. Floor grinder is used to repair damaged and uneven floors, smoothening rough edges, and polishes floors, therefore, enhancing your floors.
- Avoid oil and hydraulic leaks
Equipment like sprinkler pipes, hydraulic or scissors lifts and threading machines tend to spill oil during work in progress or idle time. The oil leaks tend to damage the concrete slabs because oil-based products have a high viscosity. When oil gets into contact with porous concrete, they tend to widen the diameter of the pore. One of the ways to avoid leakages is to pipe thread away from the concrete slabs.
- Chips from screws
The screw chips appear during construction, and they definitely damage the floor. Hydraulic lifts were invented to make construction work easier but the soft rubber tires pick up chips from screws. When chips from the screws and nails stick into the tires, they damage the concrete floor. Have someone to sweep the floor during construction or use tire bags to get rid of all the chips from screws.
- Use of polyethylene film
Many constructors prefer polyethylene film for all types of floors because of its ability to curve and stretch to the perfect shape of the floor. Polyethylene is not like paper protectant because it does not tear easily. However, it cannot resist pressure or offer enough protection to your floor although it is strong.
- Use floor levelling to smooth uneven floors
Uneven floors may occur when some of its areas were not adequately grinded at the time of construction. You can use floor leveling to fix and correct the problem.
2. Carpet protection
A homeowner will decide to keep the carpet in place during renovation or construction. A perfect carpet covering strategy is to consider a water resistant, durable, heavy duty and puncture resistance covering. This ensures that your carpet will not absorb moisture and paint that might discolor your carpet.
3. Tile Floor Protection
When selecting a floor covering strategy for your tiled floor, consider a protective material against liquid, dust, screw chips and heavy-duty materials. Paper is one of the materials that you can use because of its breath-ability and absorbent properties. You can either use rosin paper or Kraft paper. However, the disadvantage of using paper is that it absorbs moisture and humidity.
4. Hardwood Floor Protection
When selecting a floor covering strategy for your hardwood, consider a protective material that can resist pressure, reusable and breathable. Masonite is a preferred choice since it is composed of recycled wood fibers.
I hope this simple guide will help you execute proper floor protection practices and purchase the best materials during construction.